I’m Sabrina! I have a post similar to this, but I know as I blog more and more, it will be pushed to the bottom of the page and won’t likely be seen.
I’m brand new to the blog scene, but have a good friend who is an old pro. She encouraged me to start my own blog, to keep myself accountable and share my progress toward my goal of health.
I have always been overweight, for as long as I can remember. I started wearing “plus size” clothes as a kid. I remember having to go to the JC Penney outlet store, because they were the only place that carried youth plus size clothes. When I got to the point I could wear ladies sizes, I was in at least a size 10, and as I got older just got bigger.
I started shopping at Lane Bryant when I was in 8th grade.
I have never had confidence in my body. I’ve downright hated it at times.
I’ve gone through many diet fads and programs, but nothing has ever really worked for me. I lost quite a bit of weight on Weight Watchers, but didn’t keep any of it off. I lost on L.A. Weightloss, but that came back too. I did the grapefruit juice diet, where you had grapefruit juice with every meal and very few carbs. I did Atkins. These all gave me the results I was looking for, but weren’t something I could (or was willing to) sustain.
I decided I’d had enough of hating my body and I was going to do something about it.
I knew it wasn’t going to be a quick loss. It took me a lot of years to gain all this weight, it will take a long time to get rid of it as well.
I started by working out. My friend had an established gym schedule, and when I mentioned wanting to get healthy and she invited me to come along.
It was intense for me at first, to say the least. I was a dancer when I was young, but my doctor made me quit in 8th grade, because I was repeatedly breaking bones — mostly feet. I was clearly very graceful.
I knew what to expect when walking into a Body Combat class, but I did NOT realize how bad it was going to be for me. I didn’t die during the class, so that was a positive. I went back too, that was another big positive.
I’ve been working out for a little more than a year at this point, I still struggle with some of the cardio classes, but I’m leaps and bounds from where I started.
I’ve probably lost a solid 18 pounds since I started working out, but I wasn’t really keeping track of the weight at first. (I knew I would get discouraged if it didn’t come off as fast as I wanted it to.)
I saw the differences in the distribution of weight in my body pretty quickly, but know I have a long way to go.
I realized this past April, after a Health Risk Assessment at work, that I might be in better shape, and healthier, but my weight was still a problem. I decided on April 1, 2014 to modify my eating in addition to my exercise routine.
I have never been good at dieting. I love sweets too much. I would eat all of my calories in cookies if I could. But, with a year of regular exercise under my belt, I had more faith in myself. I got tips from friends on what I should and shouldn’t eat (again, thank goodness for Ashley). I started using MyFitnessPal to track my calories and realized VERY quickly, I was barely getting any protein in my diet, let alone enough to fuel my body! The app has been amazing for me, it tracks more than just calories, lets me know when I’ve made a smart food choice, and allows me to track what I’m putting into my body.
That’s where I am right now. I’m still getting used to not eating fast food everyday (yeah, I did that) and actually making dinner for myself.
I got the results from my Health Risk Assessment, and they were all in the low/no risk categories (except for my BMI)! That was big for me. The previous year the results showed several moderate risk levels. The exercise alone did that for my numbers, so I can’t wait to see how they look next year after changing my diet AND continuing to exercise!